Update: I have an infectious disease specialist and orthopedic doctor actually trying to save my fingertip. I’ve got a picc line in my arm now that goes into my heart. It delivers meds every day to try and heal the bone. The goal is to cure the bone then graft slivers of bone from my wrist to my finger to strengthen it. I figure it’s still 50/50 but it’s a plan. I brought with me my ipod and me playing the guitar. I’ve played for 40 years. I use all 10 fingers. No singing, no strumming, classically. That made them decide to save it. More to come.
A short while ago I blogged about an infection I had in my fingertip. It could have been caused by anything, nail biting, hitting the finger, or a splinter (I get lots of them). Well, as of this writing, I’m scheduled to see an infections disease specialist that is pretty much a second opinion. I’m also set up to have my finger tip amputated on the 27th of this month.
Yup, my finger tip has no pain, no lack of use, no discoloration. But it must be removed. It will be amputated at the joint. Blood tests, xrays, and MRI’s show it. It’s on the left hand and I’m left handed. Bummer indeed. It’s not as if I’m looking at a saw blade cut that makes it look obvious.
Anyway, I’m resigned to it and am thankful it’s not anything worse. 58 years old and this is the first medical issue I face. Could be worse.
I write this to inform all the tough guys out there. Don’t take a cut/infection for granted. I’m like a lot of you. Wipe the blood off and hope it doesn’t mess up the wood. You hear about people who have issues from a simple cut. Well, I’m proof that whatever caused this in me can actually happen. And if you do get an infection don’t let it go. With mine the bone’s blood vessels were damaged enough that delivery of an antibiotic to the bone via the bloodstream isn’t possible.
I will not be posting pictures of my finger after the operation. I hate those!
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